Conway raises $176K in 4Q, bumps gubernatorial campaign total to $1.3M

01/06/2015 09:54 AM

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway’s campaign netted $176,042 in the final fundraising quarter of 2014, giving the Democratic hopeful more than $1.3 million raised since entering the gubernatorial race in May.

Conway’s $1.3 million raised thus far sets a record for a non-incumbent gubernatorial candidate, according to the attorney general’s campaign in a news release late Monday.

“We are honored to have the early support from Kentuckians across the Commonwealth,” Conway, who’s seeking the Democratic nomination alongside House Majority Caucus Chairwoman Sannie Overly of Paris, said in a statement.

“As we head into the new year, Sannie and I are excited to continue traveling across Kentucky to unite the Democratic party and to share our vision of creating good paying jobs, expanding infrastructure, and putting people over politics.”

Conway’s campaign noted that the attorney general spent much of the previous quarter raising cash for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes’ unsuccessful bid against U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and for state House Democrats as they defended their 54-member majority. Conway also underwent back surgery last month, spending much of December recuperating, according to the news release.

Mark Riddle, the campaign’s senior advisor, said the Democratic ticket expects to hit its goal of raising $2 million by the end of January.

“The momentum of the Conway-Overly ticket moving into 2015 is exciting,” Riddle said in a statement. “Jack and Sannie have worked hard for Democrats across Kentucky in 2014, and we look forward turning our focus to 2015 and sharing their plan for the future of our Commonwealth.”

Conway, the only prominent Democrat to mount a gubernatorial bid, has the second-best fundraising quarter among those pursuing the governorship. Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner, who launched his bid Sept. 9, raised $555,842 in the final three months of 2014 while Louisville real estate developer Hal Heiner, who’s been in the race since March, collected $146,462 in his latest fundraising report, according to the Republican camps.

Conway’s $1.3 million raised in all is the second most among gubernatorial candidates, although Heiner’s $4.6 million total includes $4.2 million from his own pocket. Comer has brought nearly $1.1 million to his campaign coffers as of Dec. 31.

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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